Lan Deng’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of housing, real estate, and local public finance. She is particularly interested in examining how government actions affect housing and urban development and how to design effective affordable housing policy in both China and the U.S. Prof. Deng has studied extensively the Low-income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program, the largest affordable housing production program in the United States. She has published work that examines the economic efficiency of the LIHTC program, how it compares with the alternative housing choice voucher program, and what neighborhood impacts the LIHTC-funded affordable housing projects have generated. More recently, Prof. Deng has expanded her research to examine housing market dynamics and housing policy issues in China. Prof. Deng is a faculty associate for the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. She also serves on the International Editorial Advisory Board for the journal of Housing Studies.
Currently Prof. Deng has three ongoing research projects. First, together with Prof. Margi Dewar and Prof. June Manning Thomas, Prof. Deng has been studying the efforts of community-based organizations in saving Detroit’s middle-class and working-class neighborhoods from the destruction of mortgage foreclosures. Second, Prof. Deng is part of the research team led by Prof. Richard Norton that evaluates the collaborative planning process for shoreline management in face of climate change in Michigan’s coastline communities. Third, collaborating with Prof. Jie Chen from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Prof. Deng has been studying China’s Housing Provident Fund (HPF) program, one of the most important housing finance programs in China.
Professor Deng holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning (2004) from University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. (1999), and B.S. (1996) from Peking University, China.
- Jie Chen and Lan Deng (Corresponding Author). 2014. Financing Affordable Housing through Compulsory Saving: the Two-decade Experience of Housing Provident Fund in China. Forthcoming in Housing Studies.
- Lan Deng. 2013. Building Affordable Housing in Cities after Abandonment: The Case of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments in Detroit. in The City after Abandonment, 41-63. Edited by Margaret Dewar and June Manning Thomas. The University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.
- Lan Deng and Lance Freeman. 2011. Planning for Evaluation: Using Regression Discontinuity to Evaluate Targeted Place-Based Programs. Journal of Planning Education and Research 31(3): 308-318.
- Lan Deng. 2011. Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments and Neighborhood Changes. Housing Studies 26(6): 867-895.
- Lan Deng, Qingyun Shen, and Lin Wang. 2011. The Emerging Housing Policy Framework in China. Journal of Planning Literature 26(2): 168-183.
- Lan Deng. 2011. The External Neighborhood Effects of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Projects Built by Three Sectors. Journal of Urban Affairs 33(2): 143-165.
- Lan Deng. 2010. The Value of Regulating Building Façade. Journal of Architecture and Planning Research 27(4): 271-286.
- Lan Deng. 2007. Comparing the Effects of Housing Vouchers and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits on Neighborhood Integration and School Quality. Journal of Planning Education and Research 27: 20-35.
- Lan Deng. 2005. The Cost-Effectiveness of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Relative to Vouchers: Evidence from Six Metropolitan Areas. Housing Policy Debate 16(3/4): 469-511.